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  1. I was looking at the new Egypt land/cruise for fall of 2021 and realized it was good value compared to Uniworld and Viking. Others obviously thought the same this morning when I tried to book a Cat C for October 1 and found that Category was booked from September 17 up to November 26. The SB and SA were also booked October into mid-November. There was a Cat C on September 10 the initial sailing of the new boat and crew. My answer was to go back to where I was initially looking and booked ‘Gems of SE Europe’ for August 29, 2021.
  2. Considering ‘Gems of Southeast Europe’ in August 2021 with the four-day land extension in Romania. Anyone have any feedback on this itinerary? Would be our second cruise on AMA, did Mekong with 8-day land extension in late February really enjoyed the staff and found the itinerary enlightening. One possible concern is condition of AmaBella, review from last fall indicated furnishings were getting a bit worn. Timewise now seems like an opportunity to refresh some things except for the cost vs. current lack of income.
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    What I enjoyed was the duet with Tony and Amanda. Reminded me of the first time I heard Amanda sing and my jaw dropping open. Had me looking at sailing for next year.
  4. We are booked with our adult son for 10 days in the Baltic on HA in July and we will continue to monitor as everyone else. I am responding to this topic in response to the multiple negative comments on travel in Asia. There certainly been issues with some cruises, but we just returned from an alternative option in Vietnam and Cambodia. We were on an AMA Waterways 7-night Mekong river cruise with a total of 8 days land extension on the start and end. We never felt uneasy about exposures. There were 84 guests from 8 different countries on board, 55 on the land portion. The crew and guides were all Cambodian or Vietnamese except for the Hotel Manager. I had been following local news stories from the areas being visited and Vietnam took swift and clear action to protect its residents, closing its border with China and cutting off flights from potential risk areas. Anyone coming into the country from risk areas is being quarantined. Everywhere you went, even in the smallest villages, there were posters and signs advising people of the issues and ways to control infection. There was a clear reduction in tourists at all the tourist areas. On board, all buffet service was being done by staff and anytime we entered or exited the restaurant, lounge or any transportation we were given hand sanitizer. We did rebook our return flights to avoid travel through Seoul as did others. This itinerary is certainly not for everyone, but we found it enjoyable and enlightening. Things can change quickly, but for those who must feed their travel habit, maybe now is the time to go the less traveled places.
  5. For anyone doing river cruises on the Mekong in the in the next couple of months. I just got a notice from AMA advising passengers to check their flight connections as Vietnam had suspended all air traffic from cities within mainland China. This would impact connections coming through Beijing or Peking. They also advise that those of us with other connections within southeast Asia to monitor flight schedules. We start our journey February 13 with our flights connecting through Seoul. I have been trying to follow news outlets in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city. They did close some public monuments earlier this week for a day to “disinfect’. They are also quarantining residents coming back from China in camps at the border. They have reported 13 cases of the virus, 8 in one city where local workers had been in Wuhan for work related training.
  6. Thank you for posting your review. It does appear to be an interesting option. Did you encounter water level issues you felt related to dams upstream? I was thinking the rapids could have been even more challenging with higher water levels. I have seen several recent articles about how the fluctuating levels have impacted the river. We are 13 days out from starting our trip on the lower Mekong with 8 days of land extension with AMA.
  7. I had a similar question for our AmaDara cruise on the Mekong next month. I was booking a extra night in advance and sent an email direct to AMA asking what level of room they booked. They responded promptly. I wanted to match that level to reduce odds of needing to change rooms. On this trip they were booking "Luxury Level" which in the scope of options was the best without being a suite and without extra lounge access. I was impressed with the ratings for the three different hotels will be in; booked total of 8 days pre and post extension.
  8. We cruised around the British Isles in the summer of 2018 with our son with mobility issues. We had sailed to Alaska the summer before and had arranged for a walker to be delivered to the room on board. When checking for the same with a departure from Amsterdam, I did find providers, but cost was amazingly high. We also chose to bring equipment with us. Found a new light walker that was very compact when folded and it presented no problems on our flights. This summer will be sailing with him on HA again, this time to the Baltic ports and will be taking that walker again.
  9. Review this post when I had a similar question. For Vietnam I obtained a multi entry loose leaf visa online directly from the Vietnam embassy in Washington, total cost for 2 visas including Fed Ex return was $290 using PayPal and got it in 3 days. Did Cambodian single-entry visa by completing the form online and submitting it along with our passports and cashier’s check for $60. Used USPS Priority Express and got everything back 6 days. Total cost with USPS charges $112. NOTE the visas were good for 90 days from the date they got the application. The following information comes directly from AMA Waterways website. I confirmed the Cambodian location with the embassy before I found this online. “NOTE regarding e-Visa: Cambodia: e-Visas are NOT accepted for visitors entering from Vietnam by river cruise ship. Vietnam: e-Visas are NOT accepted for visitors entering and exiting Vietnam by river cruise ship.” “Border Crossing Points You will need this information for your visa applications: Cambodia – Kaoam Samnor Vietnam – Thuong Phuoc”
  10. Thanks for the adding this additional information. Cruise Critic is a good spot for information, as long as it is right and up to date.
  11. I sent our Cambodian applications in yesterday and have gotten USPS confirmation they were delivered this afternoon. Site says they may take up to 7 work days to process. On cost, I will point out the expense of USPS Priority Express totaled $50 to cover delivery and prepaid return envelope. What does Princess say about Visas? I would think for a ship that size something would be in place. I plan on traveling in the Baltic in July on Holland America and found that visas for Russia are included in excursion cost and also the primary independent tour providers do so as well. I also did my application for Vietnam loose leaf visa online yesterday with pictures i took myself and a jpeg scan of info page from our passports, I got a confirmation text within a couple of hours and directions for Paypal payment which was easy. FedEx return is included in their fees (3 working days).
  12. I would love to see any comments or recommendations after you return. On visa's there is a difference between "Riches" vs "Charms", you will arrive in Cambodia by plane into Siem Reap. Coming in from the south on the river, evisa's are not accepted. I have forms ready, just need to get updated photos.
  13. THE ANSWER IS: I just received the following response from the Cambodian Embassy: Hello, You can put Kaoam Samnor, Kandal Province as Port of Entry, . Thank you, Consular office This was in response to my email: Looking forward to traveling to Cambodia in February 2020. What would be correct response on Tourist Visa Application “Point of Entry”. Will be arriving on Mekong River cruise from Vietnam. Do I just indicate that or is there a specific Port of Entry I should indicate. Traveling on tour with AMA Waterways, on RV AMADARA.
  14. I plan on using PayPal option. On one of my Chase cards, I get an extra 5% bonus on points this quarter to use on the next trip. I did send my question to the Cambodian Embassy contact email on correct answer for point of entry. I like the fact that the application says "point" of entry vs. "Port" of entry. I will post any response I get.
  15. I will need mult entry visa for Vietnam and was planning on obtaining the loose leaf version.
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